As your skills as a drummer grow, so should your kit. Basic electronic drum kits are only capable of a certain number of sounds and as you master them, you may be looking for more options to increase the complexity of your beats. Adding trigger pads to your set takes your percussive possibilities to the next level. Metal musicians brought triggers to the fore in the '90s, and they're used by pros and amateurs in other genres now as well for their versatility and consistent sound. The Simmons single zone cymbal pad is a popular choice for a reason. This simple and affordable pad can be added to most electric kits for an additional programmable cymbal sound. Also from Simmons, the triple zone ride cymbal pad offers three sample options for the more advanced drummer. The bow, rim and bell can be individually programed with separate sounds for even more variety.
If you're looking for a trigger that can stand alone, stomp boxes are worth investigating. Essentially a bass drum in small box form, stompers come in different shapes and styles to suit every playing style. The Logjam kick drum in a box Prolog with groove board has a flat heel board attached to allow back-beating as well as stomping for a bass drum and rim-shot patterned sound. For a complete acoustic to electronic kit conversion, take a look at the power pads fusion set by Traps Drums. Perfect for near-silent practice, this kit lets you place the pads on your acoustic drum kit and plug them in to listen through headphones, adjust the sound and store up to 10 recordings. With 389 voices and tons of presets, you can definitely achieve whatever sound you're looking for. These examples only just scratch the surface of the trigger pads available and what they can do. From basic cymbal and snare pads to laser triggers, novelty triggers and more, you can trick out every part of your kit to get a fully customized sound.
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